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Lev. 18; 16. 18 ried. For John had said to Herod, It is not law. & 20; 21.
19 ful for thee to have thy brother's wife. Now this
roused Herodias' resentment, who would have kill20 ed John, but could not, because Herod respected
him, and knowing him to be a just and holy man,
protected him, and did many things recommended 21 by him, and heard him with pleasure. At length
a favourable opportunity offered, which was Herod's birth-day, when he made an entertainment
for the great officers of his court and army, and 22 the persons of distinction in Galilee. For the
daughter of Herodias came in and danced before them, and pleased Herod and his guests so much, that the king said to the damsel, Ask whatever
thou wilt, and I will give it thee; nay, he swore 23 to her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask, I will give 24 thee, were it the half of my kingdom. And she
withdrew and said to her niother, What shall I
ask ? She answered, The head of John the bap25 tist. Her daughter then, returning hastily to the
king, made this request : I would that thou give
me presently in a basin the head of John the Bap26 tist. And the king was much grieved; however,
from a regard to his oath, and his guests, he would 27 not refuse her, but immediately dispatched a senti28 nel with orders to bring the Baptist's head. Ac
cordingly he went and beheaded him in the prison, and brought his head in a basin, and presented it
to the damsel; and the damsel presented it to her 29 mother. When his disciples heard this, they went
and fetched his corpse, and laid it in a monument.
SECT. III. 30
Mat. 14; 13
NOW the Apostles, being assembled, related Lu, 9; 10; every thing to Jesus, both what they had done, and 31 what they had taught. And he said to them, Come
ye apart into a desert place, and rest a while ; for
there were so many coming and going, that they had 32 not leisure so much as to eat. And they retired Jo. 6; 1 33 by ship to a desert place to be by themselves. But
many who saw them depart, and knew whither
thither by land before them, and came together to 34 him. Jesus being landed saw a great multitude, Mat. 9; 36
and had compassion on them ; because they were as a flock which hath no shepherd; and he taught
them many things. 35
When it grew late, his disciples came to him and Mat. 14; 15 36 said, This is a desert place, and it is now late; dis- Jo. 6: 5
miss the people that they may go to the neighbour
ing farms and villages, and buy themselves bread, 37 for they have nothing to eat. He answering, said
unto them, Supply them yourselves. They replied,
Shall we go and give two hundred denarii 18 for 38 bread, in order to supply them? He said to them,
How many loaves have ye? go and see. Upon 39 inquiry they answered, Five, and two fishes. And
he commanded them to make all the people lie
down upon the green grass in separate companies. 40 And they formed themselves into squares, by hun41 dreds and by fifties. Then Jesus taking the five
loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven,
Lu. 9; 12:
18 About 61. 55. sterling.
Jo. 6; 16
blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his
disciples to set before the multitude. He distri42 buted also the two fishes among them all. When 43 they all had eaten and were satisfied, they carried
off twelve baskets full of the fragments of the 44 bread and of the fishes. Now they who ate of the
loaves were five thousand men. Mat. 14; 22: 45 And immediately he obliged his disciples to em
bark, and pass over before towards Bethsaida, while 46 he dismissed the people. And having sent them 47 away, he retired to a mountain to pray. In the
evering, the bark being in the midst of the sea, and 48 he alone on the land, he observed them toiling at
the oar, for the wind was against them: and about the fourth watch of the night', he went to them,
walking upon the water, and seemed intending to 49 pass by them.
When they saw him walking upon the sea, they thought it was an apparition, and 50 cried out. For they all saw him, and were terri
fied; but he immediately spake to them, saying, 51 Take courage, it is I, be not afraid. And having
gone aboard to them, the wind ceased, which struck
them still more with astonishment and admiration : 52 for their minds were so stupified, that they never
reflected upon the loaves. Mat. 14; 34. 53 When they had crossed, they came to the terri
54 tory of Genesaret 20, where they landed. And be
ing come ashore, the people knew him, and ran
19 Between three and six in the morning.
20 In the Old Testament Chinnereth.
CH. 7. 55 through all that country, carrying the sick on
couches to every place where they heard he was. 56 And whatever village, or city, or town he enter
ed, they laid the diseased in the streets, and besought him that they might touch, were it but a tuft of his mantle ; and whosoever touched him were healed.
THE ERRORS OF THE PHARISEES.
VII. NOW the Pharisees, and some Scribes who eame Mat. 15; 1. 2 from Jerusalem, resorted to Jesus. When these
observed some of his disciples eating with impure 3 (that is, unwashen) hands, they found fault. For
the Pharisees, and indeed all the Jews who observe
washed their hands, by pouring a little water upon 4 them ; and if they be come from the market, by
dipping them; and many other usages there are
which they have adopted, as baptisms of cups and 5 pots, and brazen vessels and beds. Then the Pha
risees and the Scribes asked him, Whence com
eth it, that thy disciples observe not the tradition 6 of the elders, but eat with unwashen hands? He
answering, said unto them, O hypocrites, well do
suit the character which Isaiah gave of you, Is. 29; 15.
Deut. 5; 16.
when he said, “This people honoureth me with 7 “ their lips; but their heart is estranged from me.
“ In vain, however, they worship me, while they 8 teach institutions merely human.” For laying
aside the commandment of God, ye retain the tra
ditions of men, baptisms of pots and cups, and 9 many other the like practices. Ye judge well,
continued he, in annulling the commandment of Ex. 10; 12: 10 God, to make room for your tradition. For Mo
ses hath said, “ Honour thy Father and thy moPro, 20; 20. “ ther,” and, “Whosoever revileth father or mo
11 “ ther, shall be punished with death.” But ye
maintain, If a man say to father or mother, ‘Be it
'corban ( that is, devoted' ) whatever of mine shali 12 profit thee ;' he must not thenceforth do aught 13 for his father or his mother; thus invalidating the
word of God by the tradition which ye have esta
blished. And in many other instances ye act thus. Mat. 15; 10. 14 Then having called the whole multitude, he said
to them, Hearken to me all of you, and be in. 15 structed. There is nothing from without which,
entering into the man, can pollute him; but the
things which proceed from within the man, are 16 the things that pollute him. If any man have
ears to hear, let him hear. 17 When he had withdrawn from the people into a
house, his disciples asked him the meaning of that 18 sentence. He answered, Are ye also void of un
derstanding? Do ye not conceive, that whatsoever
from without entereth into the man, cannot pollute 19 him ; because it entereth not into his heart, but
Mat. 15; 15